Upon looking at the standings following the conclusion of this evening's (well, technically last night's games) it was disgustingly apparent the disparity between the East and West if the playoffs started today. Who can, without looking, raise their hand and guess who is #7 in the East and bound for the playoffs?Nope, not Boston (They're sinking faster than Orlando will without Dwight). Good guess though. It's CLEVELAND. Yep, Cleveland. Oh, and wait a minute. For the bonus question: If the playoffs started right now, how many winning teams in the West would NOT make it into the playoffs? That's right- 2! The West has 10 teams with winning records. TEN TEAMS. I know there is currently a significant amount of buzz surrounding the BCS and it's methods of selecting who plays for the BCS Championship. Taking that into consideration, I think it's apparent that the NBA's playoff system should be reevaluated as well. Essentially what we are seeing here is geographical discrimination. I know that sounds like a terrible hyperbole, but it's true.
If a worse-than-lackluster Cleveland team and a terrible-collection-of-mismatched-talent New York team can get in ahead of the Rockets and DEFENDING CHAMPION Mavericks, wouldn't you agree something is wrong with the system here? What's wrong with a 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15 system? We already have the All Star game for the East versus West match up. The question then becomes "What would the purpose of divisions and conferences be?" Well, that would be for scheduling purposes and again, the All Star game, respectively. Such "conference" and "division" records would be used to determine tie-breakers, if necessary. What other importance do they truly need to have? Some people might have a hard time grasping such a foreign concept, but to me what's fair is fair and the current system clearly isn't.
Call me crazy, I guess I'm just tired of seeing teams (whether it's the Rockets or otherwise) that bust it to get above .500 get shafted at the end of the day in favor of a blatantly lesser team. Either I'm right or the Cleveland Cavaliers honestly are a better team than the Dallas Mavericks. Word.